His Holiness the Dalai Lama, 1989 Nobel Peace Prize Laueate
Tenzin Gyatso is the 14th Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism. As a young boy he was formally recognized by Tibetan Buddhist elders as the reincarnated Dalai Lama, in Tibet, which would make him political leader of Tibet as well.
Enthroned at age 15, he was forced to flee Tibet by the Chinese invasion. With 100,000 followers, he established the Tibetan Government in Exile in Dharamsala, India.
While continue to minister to the Tibetan people he reaches, and living what he calls the life of a “simple monk”, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has brought Tibetan Buddhism, with its understanding of compassion and respect for all life, to the rest of the world in a way that may never have been possible without his exile.
He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.